Back of Hand

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Back of Hand 1874
  • Scottish Art
This is the photographer's own hand. The picture was included in a book that Nasmyth published, with James Carpenter, called 'The Moon: Considered as a Planet, a World, and a Satellite'. He was hoping to demonstrate that the surface of the moon had formed as its molten body shrank and gradually cooled and shrivelled, just the way human skin wrinkles with age.


  • Acc. No. PGP R 830.1
  • Medium Woodburytype
  • Size 11.50 x 8.00 cm
  • Credit Gift of Mrs. Riddell in memory of Peter Fletcher Riddell 1985